Lions Roar Again v Smyrna
By Mike Hastings
The Lions of Christ Presbyterian Academy weren’t about to let a little something like the drenching rain from what remained of Hurricane Harvey to get in their way.
Not against a previously undefeated team from Smyrna. And not in the Den.
CPA stuck to their game plan and pounded the ball on the ground all night long to win 28-0 and remain undefeated.
The Lions were still roaring after their thrilling 21-20 overtime victory last week against favored Ensworth. But they had to focus on this week’s opponent, who came to the den undefeated themselves.
CPA used all of their running backs, substituting fresh legs all night to wear down Smyrna’s defense.
Sam West got things going for the Lions with consecutive first-down gains to begin the game.
CPA then gave Smyrna a dose of Kane Patterson on the next two carries for another first down.
West came back in and broke four or five tackles and raced to the end zone for a 7-0 Lion lead.
After forcing a three-and-out on defense, the Lions got a piece of the Smyrna punt and took over at mid-field.
On their third possession, CPA brought in senior Chase Huseman, who carried it on three consecutive plays, gaining 25 yards and two first downs.
Quarterback Ryan Eledge dropped back to pass for a rare pass attempt and found Noah Henderson for a 29-yard gain.
After Patterson pounded out another 7-yard gain to end the first quarter, Eledge again found Henderson on the first play of the second quarter, this time for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
On Smyrna’s next possession, Patterson decided to impose himself on defense.
The big linebacker tackled the Smyrna back for a loss, then decked the Smyrna QB to end their rally.
The ensuing punt was blocked and Patterson ran it all the way back to the Smyrna 39 yard line.
Andrew Madden took over at running back for CPA and made a couple of fine runs to take it to the 17 yard line.
There, West came in and followed big Sam Leonard into the end zone to give the Lions a 21-0 lead at halftime.
The Lions would score another touchdown in the second half, and continue to hold Smyrna scoreless to lock up the 28-0 win, their third of the season.
The Lions will be back on the road this Friday, traveling to Pearl-Cohn to take on the Firebirds in a non-conference game.
Kick-off is at 7 p.m.